That’s what the angel said: “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).

Are you experiencing joy this Christmas season? Because of Jesus, if you’re one of “the people” this joy is for you!

Joy for the person who feels tired and worn out, stretched beyond the breaking point in trying to make it happen, figure it out, and do right. (Matthew 11:28-30)

Joy for the parent who’s lying awake at night worried about their child who isn’t following Jesus. Remember, He loves your child more than you do. (Matthew 18:14)

Joy for the single person who feels especially lonely this Christmas and desperately wants someone to see and care about you. (John 14:18)

Joy for the married person who’s lonelier than ever, feeling disrespected, betrayed, and hopelessly stuck. (Matthew 19:26, 29)

Joy for the person who has little or no earthly goods and isn’t sure where tomorrow’s food will come from for you or your family. (John 16:33)

Joy for the person who has more than enough material things but feels an emptiness of soul that no money can satisfy. (John 7:37-38)

Joy for the person stuck in addiction to alcohol, drugs, sex, porn, or anything else, feeling unseen and powerless. (John 6:35)

Joy for the person with a hunger to help others but feels like you don’t have what it takes and the mission seems too great. (John 20:21)

Yes, joy for you!

As you prepare to celebrate Christmas in just a few days, may the joy the angels sang of fill your heart in an indescribable way as you welcome the Christ-child to be born anew in you.

Now, go tell the others that Jesus Christ is born!

Merry Christmas!

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